Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (Blu-ray)

August 18, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

It has been ten years since Michael Myers kicked off his blood soaked reign of terror, so Haddonfield has moved on, but not forgotten the madman. As the town goes through the usual motions, Myers lies in a coma and is about to be moved to another institution, or at least that’s what the plan was. But Myers wakes up and of course, wants to slash his way free and continue his murderous path. He is woken up when he overhears that he has a niece in Haddonfield, which makes him kill the workers, escape from the vehicle, and start a bee-line toward Haddonfield. His new target is young Jamie (Danielle Harris), the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode, Michael’s sister whom he stalked. Of course, Jamie stands little chance of surviving an attack by Myers, let alone being able to defeat him, so she’ll need some assistance. That help comes in the form of Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance), who ventures to Haddonfield to once again thwart the efforts of Myers, perhaps once and for all this time.

After the non-sequel Halloween III, we’re back with the core of the series, as Michael Myers returns to his rightful place. This is not the best volume in the series, but it is a solid horror movie and for fans of the series, it marks a welcome return to the basics, since Halloween III was an unrelated debacle. This installment has suspense to spare and some excellent visuals, but the move to 1.85:1 seems to hinder the visuals at times. Even so, some great shots can be seen here and on the whole, this is a well shot sequel. Danielle Harris steals the show as young Jamie, but as per usual, Donald Pleasance rings in a fine performance also. And of course, having Myers back in action adds more to the film than anything could, without a doubt. There isn’t a whole lot of gore to be seen, but some well made death scenes more than suffice. This has never been a series drenched in blood though, so I doubt anyone will be let down. If you’re a fan of the Halloween franchise, The Return of Michael Myers is a solid installment and this new HD release is worth a look.

Video: How does it look?

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen. This is the best looking version of this film you’ll find on home video. Even compared to recent Special Edition DVD, this transfer shows improved detail and overall depth, so fans will be satisfied. The movie still has a low budget look of course, but the visuals are more refined and that enhances the viewing experience, to be sure. The colors look natural and contrast performs well, which is important since shadows and darkness are a big part of the visual design. So for fans wondering if an upgrade is in order, the improved visuals more than warrant an upgrade to this new version.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sountrack is on deck, but the sound design can’t quite keep pace with the visuals. The audio is solid, make no mistake, but doesn’t stand out as memorable. The surrounds are used, but not enough and not in moments that could use it, like when tension ratchets up. The signature Halloween music sounds great though, which is a plus. I found dialogue to be clear at all times, while general sound effects are passable, not that dynamic. This disc also includes English and Spanish subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

While not the extras from previous releases have been retained, we do have two audio commentaries, one with stars Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris, the other with director Dwight Little and author Justin Beahm. You can also watch a discussion panel for Halloween 4 & 5, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.

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